5195.0 Protecting the Health of Our Youth

Wednesday, November 7, 2007: 2:30 PM
There are numerous strategies that are currently being used by health professionals to promote and protect the health of our youth. Childhood overweight and obesity are major problems for U.S. children and young adults and are associated with a host of disabilities and illnesses, including diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, and cancer. This session will include presentations on a family-centered healthy lifestyle program and a health promotion program for uninsured children. Another presentation included in this session will discuss the impact of legislative policy changes on smoking status among youth.
Session Objectives: At the end of the session, the participant will be able to: (1) Identify the youth access restrictions and clean indoor air laws that impact youth cigarette smoking status; (2) Identify differences in concussion prevention attitudes and behaviors between high school coaches who had used the CDC concussion education tool kit and those who had not; and (3) discuss ways in which local data can be gathered, shared, and used to mobilize communities addressing childhood overweight.

2:30 PM
Addressing childhood overweight: It takes a community
Marilyn Gardner, PhD and Tricia Callahan
2:45 PM
Establishing a community-based program for physical exercise of low-income inner-city residents through community partnerships
Mona N. Fouad, MD MPH, Edward Partridge, MD, Michelle Martin, PhD, Isabel Scarinci, PhD, MPH, Maria Norena and Joanice Thompson, BSM
3:00 PM
7-3-3-1 Healthy Families Having Fun: A program to address childhood obesity in Montgomery County, Maryland
Robin Waite Steinwand, MPH, Denise Ann Benoit-Moctezuma, MPH, Mira Mehta, PhD and Maria Triantis, RN, MBA
3:15 PM
Outcomes and applications from CDC's educational concussion tool kit for high school athletic coaches
Jane Mitchko, MEd, Kelly Sarmiento, MPH, Sharon Wong, MPH and Cynthia Klein, PhD
3:30 PM
State-level tobacco policies and youth smoking status
Maria T. Botello-Harbaum, EdD, Kantahyanee Murray, MA, Denise L. Haynie, PhD, Ronald Iannotti, PhD, Lauren Gase and Bruce G. Simons-Morton, EdD, MPH

See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.

Organized by: Public Health Education and Health Promotion
Endorsed by: Maternal and Child Health